East Fork Road

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Running along the east fork of the Little Colorado River, this short gravel road overlooks the main part of the town of Greer, one of Arizona’s smallest towns by year-round population but its highest in elevation. The road has houses and cabins along it, which ends at a church youth camp established in 1926. It has bumpy sections and is narrow, with few places to pull over until the turnaround at the end. Just after the start, there is a small parking area for those wishing to walk the half-mile Butler Canyon Nature Trail.

East Fork Road tells the story of disaster and recovery after the human-caused Wallow Fire of 2011, during which Greer was evacuated, and 538,049 acres in Arizona and New Mexico burned. The short drive gives one a good feeling for the destruction caused in a beautiful place but also of resiliency... nature’s resiliency, as healthy new growth takes over the forest floor, and Greer’s, as the town has returned to its role as one of Arizona’s escape-the-heat getaways for both short visits and second homes.

Camping within the Greer Recreation Area is limited to Forest Service campgrounds (the Hoyer campground is less than 2 miles away).